Education and Outreach

February 10, 2016

SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight’s Testimony at January 2016 IACC Meeting

My name is Lisa Wiederlight. I am the mother of a 15 year old son with autism, and executive director of SafeMinds, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the autism epidemic by promoting environmental research and effective treatments. In November, I asked this Committee to form four workgroups to address the urgency […]

November 20, 2015

Autism Rates Jump to 1 in 45 Children—Here’s How to Reverse the Tsunami.

By Sallie Bernard, SafeMinds President and Co-Founder On November 13th the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing that 1 in every 45 children in America has autism. “The estimated ASD prevalence was 2.24% (1 in 45) in 2014, while averaging 1.25% (1 in 80) from 2011 through 2013—a significant […]

September 11, 2015

Acetaminophen as a cause of the autism pandemic? It makes absolutely no sense … at first.

My research looks at what causes harmful inflammation in people in Western societies. The triggers of inflammation are recent developments in human history, appearing after the agricultural revolution only 10,000 years ago. Most did not appear until just a few decades ago, as we entered the post-industrial age. 1 My favorite example is the loss of biodiversity from the human body. Humans have always been bathed inside and out with bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms, and other organisms, but in recent decades our bodies’ ecosystems have become much less diverse, to our detriment.

August 20, 2015

Face it, There IS an Autism Epidemic

By Lisa Wiederlight, Executive Director, SafeMinds No matter how many times you repeat a lie, you cannot make it true. No matter how much you want something in front of your face not to be real, you cannot make it disappear. You may have heard in the news lately that “autism is not really on […]

May 21, 2015

Is Your Child’s Immune System Screwed Up?

By Sallie Bernard, Co-Founder and President of SafeMinds Two weeks ago I wrote a blog about new research by a team of scientists at Duke University, partially funded by SafeMinds, looking at mutualistic symbionts (aka beneficial parasitic worms) and their potentially positive effect on the human immune system. This week we’re continuing that conversation by talking […]

March 25, 2015

Tracking Devices vs. Wanderers

Wandering and elopement are serious co-occurring conditions for half of children with autism. Locator devices, barriers to elopement, and working with local first responders can help keep your child safe. So can working with your child to understand the reasons behind his or her need to elope. Senator Schumer’s Avonte’s Law will help our community […]

March 19, 2015

Pesticides in Produce

Consumer Reports’ new guidelines show you how to make the best choices for your health—and for the environment.  Across America, confusion reigns in the supermarket aisles about how to eat healthfully. One thing on shopper’s minds: the pesticides in produce. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,050 people found that pesticides are a […]

When my kids start their families I hope they don't necessarilly do what they're told but instead read the science and think for themselves.
December 04, 2014

Why Chiropractors Have Such Healthy Kids: Lessons from the Freedom for Family Wellness Summit

By Jackie Lombardo, SafeMinds Board Member Chiropractors. Whether you go to them regularly or have never visited one in your life and are not really sure what they do, there is something you need to know: If the conference I just attended is any indication, it seems there are much lower rates of autism among […]

Could paint used to cover a moldy wall cause serious breathing problems?
November 20, 2014

Could scented hand lotion make several middle school children nauseous?

By Lynda Knobeloch, Ph.D., SafeMinds Guest Blogger I used to enjoy shopping. I rarely read labels and bought the tried and true brands I had grown up with along with a few newly formulated products. As a young mom, I trusted that the foods, household cleaners, furnishings and personal care products I purchased were safe […]

‘Germs’ Make You Well: The abuse of antibiotics, the benefits of bacteria, and what you need to know to protect your child’s microbiome
November 06, 2014

‘Germs’ Make You Well: The abuse of antibiotics, the benefits of bacteria, and what you need to know to protect your child’s microbiome

By Eric Uram, Executive Director, SafeMinds If, like me, you grew up learning “germs make you sick,” you probably think bacteria are the bad guys. It’s bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes), after all, that cause strep throat. And bacteria (E. coli) that cause urinary tract infections. And bacteria (Salmonella) that cause food poisoning. So, bacteria, of course, […]

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